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Donatella Cinelli Colombini a blogger’s birthday

Let me tell you about an unusual Donatella Cinelli Colombini on the day of her birthday, habits and virtues of Donatella Cinelli Colombini  in a wine blogger version
By Ignazio Anglani

Donatella Cinelli Colombini, honorary title of Knight of the Repubblic

Donatella Cinelli Colombini, honorary title of Knight of the Repubblic

The title is correct, the sub title also, now I will talk about Donatella Cinelli Colombini, but not in her usual role as producer of Brunello, at Casato Prime Donne, as well as Orcia and Chianti Superiore at Fattoria del Colle. I will not talk about her a volcano of ideas: Cantine Aperte-Wine day, Calici di Stelle or the Urban Trekking…… Neither do I intend writing about Donatella as a teacher and expert in wine tourism, or as the President of the DOC Orcia wine region …. None of these!
Today I will talk to you about Donatella Cinelli Colombini the wine blogger.
To be a blogger necessarily means that one has the desire to communicate, in Donatella Cinelli Colombini though there is also a need to talk about the thing s that interests her most and her passions…many of them!
Wine and art are her main passions. Her life and work immersed in the wine world and her studies of art of course demonstrate this.
Writing though, must be done to perfection, just like most of the things she does (she is not very interested in clothes and cars but for everything else she is very demanding).Every article is prepared meticulously. Wine has taught her not to leave any detail behind: soil, exposition, clones, implantation, vine training, pruning, harvest, vinification, ageing……..the same goes for the blog: contents, images, captions, length, tags, links, nothing is left to chance.
To create harmony three things must not be missing: contents, quality in writing and rhythm. Lengthiness and getting off the point are not permitted. Every moemnt of the day is usefull for writing… even the unthinkable ones. If she has begun a piece with difficulty her husband Carlo Gardini or her daughter Violante (the Cinelli Colombini Jr.) are able to sidetrack her.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini in her vineyards

Donatella Cinelli Colombini in her vineyards

Violante is often a model for the images and you can be sure that Donatella will not let her go up until she has found the perfect shot. The only model who can do as he likes is Felix, the enormous golden retriever at Fattoria del Colle. Images are decisive for the success of the blog posts and so, if Donatella takes part in an event, she take more than any Japanese guests and tries to get a snap of every participants she knows.
On the other hand she hats being photographed and it will be very difficult to get her to pose. <<Self praise is no recommendation>> says Donatella explaining that <<the blog is not there to talk about me>>.
The Cinellicolombini Senior personally writes many of the articles, and often she must go and visit places, exhibitions, or takes part in events. Her husband Carlo is always ready to accompany her, and she is happy, because, if she is not driving, she can write.
I’ve had a laugh while writing this article, however to keep a blog requires great discipline, especially if, as in her case, an article marketing action takes place through the social media so as to divulge the contents.

Donatella in a museum but it is a joke

Donatella in a museum but it is a joke

As always a job well done has its rewards. On Ebuzzing, the portal which monthly rates the most influent Italian blogs, Donatella Cinelli Colombini‘s has been for months among the top 10. The other positions are held by Italian legends with very strong editorial staff such as WineNews, Luciano Pignataro, Intravino and Cronache di Gusto and DiVini by Corriere della Sera. In other words to be sixth signifies being really good and Donatella’s blog grows constantly in number of readers even though she never says a bad word about anybody, or instigating, but only telling stories and talking about people in wine and people from this territory.
Last year after Vinitaly having opened its doors to bloggers, Donatella was tempted to register for the event under a new role. Then she renounced, there was too much work at the booth and her daughter Violante would have had a fit.
So Donatella is an excellent wine blogger, with a wish of sharing all she knows or that interests her, she is willing to open the doors of her beautiful estate and show her daily life as a wine producer.
(Donatella thanks Ignazio from the bottom of her heart for such a pleasant post)

Wine tours: where they go and how much the cost

Among the excursions to wineries with guide one finds a bit of everything: from tours for millionaires with top tastings to the wine maker cyclist who accompanies his guests whilst on his bike

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Marsala-Cantine-Florio-bottaia1

Marsala-Cantine-Florio-bottaia1

Obviously the most visited region is Tuscany, obviously the wine tour market is online and the visitors are mostly North American but there is so much on offer, diversified and full of surprises that it is better we examine it with attention also because this subject is quite unexplored.
The first evident thing is that when you digit “winery tours” from the web you get mostly Tuscan proposals, some from Veneto, Piedmont and Sicily whilst if you write “visite in cantina” in Italian Google pulls out a list of wineries in Piedmont and sometimes in Sicily. This is already an indication as to which clientele the

wine-bus

wine-bus

“incoming agencies” have or rather transporters with VAT number and web site who sell wine tours.
A second and more decisive element for reflecting comes from the study carried out by Gruppo Poste Italiane proposed at Confesercenti in Siena in January 2014. On the web the search for the word Tuscany is associated with the word wine (21%) winery (9,7%) winery tours written in various ways ( 13%). The nation which mostly searches the destination Toscana on the l web is the US 31%, if on the other hand we consider the destination Siena the American searchers go up to 64% followed by the British Canadians and Australians making the English speaking group go over 90%. Read more…


Cost of vineyards around the world, with or without a villa

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Knight Frank‘s quotations for villas with vineyard in the most famous wine making regions around the world and those by Assoenologi for vineyards in Italy

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Bordeaux-France

Bordeaux-France

Knight Frank is the largest independent estate agents in the world with 330 offices and 12.000 properties on sale. But most of all it is a formidable consulting and information office. They like vineyards and wineries very much. That type of business Knight Frank keeps a constant eye on, and is summarized in a report published on January 7th last:
•Vineyards are considered a good investment all over the world
Mendoza and Tuscany have had the major increases in value in 2013 with 25% and 20% (music to my ears)
• The Spanish vineyards have registered the major decrease with 20% since 2000, the Italians with 15,3% and the French with 11,8%
• The extension of vineyards in New Zealand and China has increased by 164 % and by 90 % during the last 12 years.
In December Knight Frank published its “Global Vineyard Index 2013” a type of report regarding the value of wineries with a surface of less than 5 hectares. Its estimates, brought to us by WineNews, are very very interesting.
The highest prices are in Bordeaux for vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Semillon in properties with traditional stone buildings, which have been renovated and with swimming pools. The values varies between 20.500 to 2.500.000 dollars per hectare and has decreased by 4% since last year.
Studying the report one understands how these most sought after properties are those where together with the vineyards there is also a historic building to be used as a holiday home. Evidently the attraction for wine is entwined with the desire of a lifestyle where there is contact with nature, where many friends can come and visit. Read more…

Donatella’s first time abroad with the Gambero Rosso

Sweden, a cold nation with a warm heart and, a nation of gluttons. Producers from all over Italy with Gambero Rosso in a 18th century dancing hall with 500 buyers

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Violante for Gambero Rosso event in Stockholm

Violante for Gambero Rosso event in Stockholm

We arrive in Stockholm with this year’s first snowfall, for us its cold, for the locals it’s unusually mild. The city is beautiful with its immense buildings, all perfect and tidy. We are in the north, where Father Christmas lives and there are evident traces of the festivities just gone. There are still lots of lights in the roads, lots of pile of fir trees piled high in the squares and a few trolls with red hats on.
The food market is a Swedish version of Eataly with all sorts of salmon, shrimps and herrings. Karina Tholin takes us to the Sommelier Association office

tomte-babbo

tomte-babbo

where they are preparing two youngsters for a competition: in five minutes they must describe in English a white wine of which they do not know the origin and they manage it perfectly. These Swedes do not take things lightly; they have just positioned one of them on the podium as best Euopean sommelier. The wine safety vault-treasure chest, with its iron bars, is spectacular, it resembles a medieval prison. Read more…


Should the 327 small denominations disappear?

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76 denominations bottle 92% of the DOC-DOCG wines and there are those who ask for more effort in promoting these and on larger markets

Carlo-Flamini

Carlo-Flamini

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Carlo Flamini, director of the “Il Corriere vinicolo” newspaper by the Unione Italiana Vini, which is the largest confederation of the wine industrialists, proposes an article entitles “Tempo di scegliere” (Time to choose) where a harsh attack is made to the small denominations. The starting point is the report made by Valoritalia, the most important wine certification organ in Italy, regarding the 2012-13 activities. Transferred on a national scale the Valoritalia figures show a concentration of 92% of the Dop bottles in 76 denominations and the remaining 327 are only referable to 8% of what is bottled with an average of 3.000 hl equal to 40.000 bottles each. These numbers help the director of “Corriere

Riccardo-Ricci-Curbastro

Riccardo-Ricci-Curbastro

vinicolo” to make a consideration regarding the 10 major denominations-varieties <<that they have broken into the markets, consenting the sustainability of the whole sector. It is time to recognize in a laic manner the situation and to put the wineries who produce them in the condition of having effective and well aimed promotion instruments>> In other words one asks for more concentrated OCM resources using a new criteria which privileges the regions, the denominations and the stronger varieties: Prosecco,the two Chianti‘s, Montepulciano, Asti, Moscato, Soave, Valpolicella and Toscana IGT, Sicilia, Terre di Sicilia, wines made with Negroamaro and Primitivo.
To this proposal comes a reply from the President of Federdoc Riccardo Ricci Curbastro , who points out that to revoke a DOC would result only in a riots but he does propose the

chinese wine

chinese wine

joining of more denominations adjacent within a larger DOC area than those that would become the subzones.
As many of you know I am the President of the Consorzio del vino Orcia, the certification organ of our wines is called Toscana Certificazione. Many small denominations have chosen, like us, a less expensive controller than Valoritalia, for this reason it is wrong to use the figures from this organism as if it are the sole certificatory. The reasoning proposed in the article in “Corriere vinicolo” does not seem to me methodologically correct.
My second thought is about the meaning of the small denominations as strongholds against decline of the land and the abandoning of the rural territories. The carry out an irreplaceable job in the countrysides.
I share the opinion that investing in the internationalization of denominations producing

chianti vineyard

chianti vineyard

less than half a million bottles, it seems quite antiquated, although a means of sustaining these wines must be found if we do not want them to die. So other methods must be found other than the collective denomination mentioned by Ricci Curbastro, which actually sounds like a definitive sentence towards anonymity for wines that have distinctive characters and commercial potential. I do save from his proposal though the idea of joining together the small denominations from the same region for shared projects in promotion and internationalization as is already being done by the Regione Toscana. In this way the local identity remains an element of strength but inside a project for saving costs.

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